Today’s Word: fault

December 3, 2017      =========

☆  fault 責任


If something is your fault, you caused it or are responsible for it. The useful phrase this week is very simple, “It’s not your fault.” This is a very simple thing that you can say to someone who is blaming themselves for a situation. Of course, you don’t want to say this if it actually IS their fault! If it was their fault, what could you say instead? Here’s some examples:

When it is NOT their fault.
A: It’s all my fault!
You: It’s not your fault, try not to worry about it.

When it IS their fault.
A: It’s all my fault!
You: Well, it does seem like your fault, but try not to be too hard on yourself. Instead, take responsibility for the situation and do your best to try and fix it.

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